On Wednesday 8th October while we were at Italian our teacher, Miss Dickson left our classroom to go over to the school office. Miss Dickson stopped and looked carefully around as she could hear some loud chirping noise. Miss Dickson was shocked to find a Mother Duck and her ducklings right outside of our classroom.

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The Mother Duck wanted her ducklings to hop up into he garden bed but it was too tall for them. Miss Dickson and Miss King helped relocate the ducks to a safer place.

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The next day we created our own narratives about the ducks visit.

Below is Theresa’s narrative about the adventures the ducklings had at our school.

The Missing Duck
On Tuesday morning, waking up to find her daughter missing was NOT a good start to the day. Mother Duck soon realised that her youngest duckling, Sam was missing. She immediately alerted her husband. “SAM’S MISSING!” She screamed. Her husband woke up with a start. “We must find her” said father duck. So the parents woke up the other children, had breakfast and the adventure started.

“Are we there yet?” cried Danni. “Why do we have to find Sam? She’s so ugly and useless.” said Owen. “How dare you say that?” Father duck scolded Owen. They walked everywhere but still couldn’t find Sam. They sneaked up onto a bus and when they got off, they saw this giant building. “John, we should explore here. Sam loves big places.” Melissa said to her husband. So they set off. They crawled under the gates and saw the biggest garden bed. They went to explore. Then a really big person appeared. She spotted them and walked towards them. “What should we do?” cries Melissa. The ducklings were screaming.

She got the big square thing and it made some click sounds. They tried to jump onto the garden bed but the little ones couldn’t jump on. The big person finally walked away. ”Phew” sighed the ducks. “It’s not safe here” said John. So everyone went away. It was getting dark and Melissa started to worry. “Where could she be?” she thought. They created some shelter for the night, had some dinner and slept.

The next day, they went to dive in the water. “Sam knows how to swim, so this is a good place to start.” said John. They searched all day but didn’t find anything. They soon gave up and went home. They found Sam there. She had gone to her friend’s house. They were happy she was safe and sound and lived happily ever after.

Why do you think the Ducks visited Holy Family School?
What do you think they did on their Big Day Out?

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On Wednesday 17th October Students at Holy Family School excitedly participated in our annual footy day. Everyone wore their team colours and enjoyed a special sausage sizzle for lunch.

We congratulate Hawthorn on winning the 2014 Premiership cup.

Click below to see the great moments from our Footy Day celebrations:

What football team do you barrack for? Why do you support that team?
Do you have a favourite player?
Who do you think will win the 2015 Premiership cup?

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On Monday 15th September the Drama Toolbox came to our school to lead us through a workshop on Sustainability. We looked at many issues facing planet Earth with particular focus in Antartica, Paraquay, Sumatra and at the Great Barrier Reef.

Click on the link below to see some of the photos taken during our Drama Workshop:

What did you learn from the Drama Workshop?
What did you enjoy?
How will you try to look after Planet Earth?

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Monday 18th August commenced the start of Book Week. This year’s theme is Connect to Reading. It is all about enjoying the experience of exploring stories and travelling to other worlds. Most people associate reading with bedtime and wearing pyjamas. Therefore students came to school in their favourite pyjamas and onesies. 3/4D shared their favourite books with the students in Prep H. Check out the video below to see how we connected to reading.

During Book Week we read all the short listed books in the picture book category. Rules of Summer was awarded the prize of Picture Book of the Year.

Students worked in small groups to create a book trailer promoting each book. Look at all the fantastic book trailers below.

The Treasure Box Written by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood

The Windy Farm Written by Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith

Parachute written by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley

Silver Buttons Written by Bob Graham

Rules of Summer Written by Shaun Tan

King Pig Written by Nick Bland

Granny Grommet and Me Written by Dianne Wolfer and Karen Blair

What was your favourite book from this years Book Week? Why was it your favourite book?
How do you like to Connect with Reading? What types of books do you enjoy reading?
What was your favourite book trailer? Why?

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Our Term 2 and 3 Inquiry unit was called ‘Synchronise My System!’ All the students in Year 3/4D choose a system to research. We wrote an explanation about how our system works and created a model.

On Thursday 14th we had our Middle School Learning Expo. We excitedly shared our knowledge about our system with parents, teachers and students. Below are photos from our Learning Expo:

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What system did you research? What did you find out about your chosen system?
What was the best part of our Learning Expo? Why?

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A Night With the Star!

On Friday the 1st of August the students of Holy Family put on one of the most incredible performances of the year. The adaptation of Peter Pan by the Junior grades and Mary Poppins by the Middle and Senior grades had critics calling it the stage show of a generation. As 2/3/4 students we were entrusted with some very important and significant roles in Mary Poppins. We had waiters, jockeys, hunters, chimney sweeps, a fox and Jane and Michael Banks amongst our very talented year level. We practiced really hard for months, and made sure we knew all our lines, dance moves, when to come on the stage and where to stand.
We arrived early dressed in our wonderful costumes, and had make up applied, even the boys! It was great, we felt like real stars. We waited backstage while the Junior School warmed and dazzled the audience. When we finally got our chance to perform, we walked onto the stage, found our spots and were greeted with a blinding light, rousing applause and smiles and hand waving from our families and friends. It all happened so quickly, and seemed to be over even quicker.
The entire school took the stage for the finale, we waved kites in the air and sang extra loud. Everyone seemed really happy and buzzing with excitement. I think we put on an amazing show. What do you think? What was your favourite part of the night? What was your favourite song from Mary Poppins?

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On the 21st and 22nd June our Year 4 students received the Eucharist for the first time.
May the happiness of this celebration continue on each day as you live your life in Christ.

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In Inquiry Year 3/4D and 3/4A have been learning about the Human Body. We investigated the Digestive System. We worked in small groups and created our own life size models of the Digestive System.

First we traced around one of the students in our groups. We brainstormed what materials we would use to represent each organ involved in the Digestive System. Some of the materials we used were sponges, straws, balloons, tissue paper, string, stockings, crepe paper, cardboard tubes, streamers, newspaper and even a whoopee cushion.

It took about 6 lessons to create our life-size models. Once we finished creating our models we had to label all the parts and write a description of what they do.

What did you think of our models? Did they look like the Digestive System?
What facts do you know about the digestive system?

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On Wednesday 11th June people from the Hawthorn Football club came to teach the year 3 students about healthy eating. We learnt that to be a Hawks player you need to eat healthy food and drinks. During the week we had to record any exercise we did, what we ate, how many glasses of water we drank and how many hours of sleep we had.

On Wednesday 18th June Angus Litherland showed us how to kick the football and do a handball. First we had to warm up to make sure we didn’t get injured when we were playing footy. We played lots of games that required us to use teamwork. We enjoyed playing footy with Angus.

Check out photos from the Hawks in Schools program below:

What was your favourite part of the Hawks in Schools Program?
What football team do you barrack for? Who is your favourite footy player?

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